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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the situation in Vietnam

7.6.2016 - (2016/2755(RSP))

with request for inclusion in the agenda for a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 135 of the Rules of Procedure

Ignazio Corrao, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Marco Zanni, Beatrix von Storch, Rolandas Paksas, Isabella Adinolfi on behalf of the EFDD Group

See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0754/2016

Menettely : 2016/2755(RSP)
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European Parliament resolution on the situation in Vietnam


The European Parliament,

– having regard to its previous resolutions on Vietnam,


– having regard to the EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA),


– having regard to the fifth round of the EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue in Hanoi on December 2015,


– having regard to the last meeting between Presidents Tusk and Juncker and the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc of the 27th May 2016,


– having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,


– having regard to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,


– having regard to the Constitution of Vietnam,


– having regard to article 135 of its Rules of Procedure,




A. whereas the European Union considers Vietnam as an important partner in Asia, as underlined by many bilateral visits exchanged in the past years by the European and Vietnamese top-level authorities;


B. whereas the XII Congress of the Vietnamese Communist Party (January 2016) resulted in the appointment of a new leadership dominated by members of the army and security forces; whereafter repression against all forms of free expression has significantly increased;


C. whereas in the last months there has been an increasing pressure of the Vietnamese authorities against human rights defenders, bloggers, government critics, members of “non-recognised” religions and social activists, with a series of arrests and detentions perpetrated by police officers and by plain-clothed security agents;


D. whereas in Vietnam the general situation with regard to basic freedoms has deteriorated in recent years, despite the economic growth and the opening of Vietnam to foreign trade and investments and despite numerous calls from international organisations and other bodies, such as the European Union;


E. whereas Vietnam persists in invoking vaguely-worded «national security» provisions in the Criminal Code such as “anti-State propaganda”, “subversion” or “abuse of democratic freedoms” to incriminate and silence religious and political dissidents, human rights defenders and perceived government critics;


F. whereas the current laws on media and press freedom are quite tight and they are probably going to be strengthened, limiting futher spaces for the freedom of expression and any form of dissent; whereas censorship is still active and widespread in the country;


G. whereas despite the provisions of the Vietnamese Constitution the authorities are still repressing religious beliefs and, in general, religious freedoms, using differents methods inclusing harassment, surveillance, registration requirements and other unnecessary administratve and bureaucratic burdens;


H. whereas police forces and security authorities are usually criticized for the use of force, beatings and abuses on the people held in custody;


I. whereas arbitrary detentions and arrests are used in many cases to repress and punish political dissidents and the opposition, using vague criminal accuastions;


L. whereas the implementation of human rights in Vietnam is a cornerstone of the political dialogue and the cooperation between the European Union and Vietnam;




1.Expresses its concerns about the climate for media, free speech, freedom of religion and human rights in Vietnam; is very concerned about the repression against human rights defenders, bloggers, government critics, members of “non-recognised” religions and social activists;


2.Calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all the political prisoners and detainees, including those imprisoned or detained for exercising their rights of free expression, assembly, movement, or political or religious association and cease arresting and detaining others for such actions;


3.Calls on the government to allow the publication of uncensored, independent, privately-run newspapers and magazines, removing filtering, surveillance, and other restrictions on internet usage and release people imprisoned for peaceful dissemination of their views over the internet and other media;


4.Urges the government to amend or repeal provisions in the penal code and other laws that criminalize peaceful dissent on the basis of imprecisely defined “national security” crimes;


5.Urges the government to ease any kind of direct or indirect censorship on mass media and to allow the implementation of the rights of free speech and free expression, as stated in the Vietnamese Constitution;


6.Stresses the importance of bilateral relations between the EU and Vietnam and of strengthening economic and political cooperation, especially including the implementation of human rights conditions in Vietnam;


7.Calls on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately end any kind of harassment, arrests, prosecutions, imprisonment, and ill-treatment of people made by the police or other security agencies and based on purely religious, political or ideological reasons;


8.Urges the government of Vietnam to establish effective accountability mechanisms of its police forces and security agencies, avoiding any abuse against prisoners or detainees; expresses strong concerns to Vietnamese officials about police abuses, emphasizing that they violate both Vietnamese and international law, that perpetrators should be punished, and that victims should receive remedy and compensation.


9.Calls on the governement to end immediately any harassment, surveillance and repression of any religious belief, and to avoid any further repressive action or treatment against churches or cults, their believers and their ministers;


10.Emphasises that the provisions of the criminal code and the security laws should not be used to repress freedom of speech, of expression, religious freedoms and political dissent and opposition;


11.Welcomes the regular EU-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogues; underlines the importance of human rights dialogue between the EU and the Vietnamese authorities, especially if this dialogue is followed by real implementation; stresses that this dialogue should be effective and results-oriented;


12.Stresses that a steady and real advancement of the EU-Vietnam political and economic relations should include and properly consider the human rights dimension and its concrete implication in the country;


13.Calls on the EU, and in particular on the European External Action Service, to monitor closely developments of human rights in Vietnam, to raise concerns with the Vietnamese authorities where necessary and to report regularly to Parliament;


14.Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the Government and Parliament of Vietnam.